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Hospital bosses apologise after telling staff to turf out new mums
7:00am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
NHS bosses banned mums and their newborn babies from staying in hospital in an astonishing blunder.
Midwives were told not to offer mothers the choice of staying in hospital after giving birth unless there were medical reasons.
A leaked memo to staff, seen by the Gazette, said women will not be offered post natal admission.
It continued: "All women clinically well following their delivery will be advised that home is the best place for them to be once they have had refreshments and showered, etc."
The new rule was introduced at Colchester General Hospital's Juno ward, Harwich’s Fryatt Hospital and Clacton District Hospital last Thursday.
By Monday maternity bosses had been forced to order a U-turn.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust’s website says mothers who have their baby at Colchester can be transferred to Harwich or Clacton afterwards for post natal care if they want.
A trust spokesman said: “We have made a careless and embarrassing mistake.
“The information should not have been issued to midwives and was withdrawn as soon as the trust’s head of midwifery learned about it.
“Her view is any potential change should be fully discussed as part of a public consultation.”
The blunder came as the threat of closure hangs over maternity units in Harwich and Clacton.
A consultation is due to be held this winter.
Ivan Henderson, town and district councillor for Harwich, said: “This consultation is a shambles and it hasn’t even started yet.
“For someone to take this decision shows how out of touch they are with their own staff and with the public.”
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